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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? Special 2019

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine not only explores the stories behind the popular BBC genealogy TV series, but also helps you uncover your own roots. Each issue is packed with practical advice to help you track down family history archives and get the most out of online resources, alongside features on what life was like in the past and the historic events that affected our ancestors.

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13 Issues

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Anew series of Who Do You Think You Are? has become one of the features of the British summer, like strawberries and cream or sheltering from the rain! Once more a group of celebrities will get to experience the magic of discovery that is family history. And what a line-up we’ve got this year! With plenty of comedians we are guaranteed a laugh along the journey, although I’ve been assured that there will be plenty of tears as well. You can read more about the celebrities on page 14 and we’ll cover the episodes in more depth online and via social media so log in, follow us and sign up to our newsletter via www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/newsletter. We don’t want you to miss out! We’ve also got plenty of articles to inspire you…

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PAM ROSS Pam is a professional family historian and member of AGRA. This month she shares her expert knowledge on page 18 to inspire you to research your ancestors’ early years. MARK SIMNER Mark has been keen on British military history since he was a child. As well as writing books, he runs the Victorian Wars Forum. On page 57 he explains the role of the Military Police. ROSALIND CRONE As project lead for prisonhistory.org Rosalind was our first choice to write about Victorian prisons (see page 70). Watch out for the topic in an episode of WDYTYA? coming up!…

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finding an unsung hero

Reading about our heroes of the Second World War in the July issue coincided with me discovering a story about my 2x great uncle, Walter Alfred Mizon. While researching on britishnewspaper archive.co.uk I thought I’d look for a few family names. I remembered being told my great great grandmother was known to have been in trouble with the police. I found she was mentioned in the 1891 petty sessions for Tottenham, accused of smashing her mother-in-law’s windows following an argument with her husband! I then turned to her eldest child: Walter. I found that he had been held on remand in Penzance on a charge of stealing “a tin of cherries, 1lb of coffee and 5lb of beef”. I accept stealing is stealing, but when I discovered a full-length article (pictured left)…

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A REASON FOR NOT WRITING With reference to Martin Gething’s letter about literacy (July), I have come across another reason for the lack of a signature. My ancestor, John Smith of Aberdeen, dictated his Last Will and Testament in 1873. He could not sign the document because of disability, and this was noted in the will: “John Smith who cannot write on account of a shake in his hand as he asserts and he having in token of his authority to us touched our pens.” Had he just signed with a cross, it might have been assumed that he was illiterate. The “shake in his hand” was probably due to a shoulder wound he received in 1813 while serving with the 92nd Regiment of Foot (later the Gordon Highlanders) in the Peninsular War. Patricia…

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rootstech london schedule announced

‘I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking and performing at the RootsTech Conference’ RootsTech has unveiled a programme of leading family history speakers and sessions – and a special appearance by Donny Osmond – for its first London event. Osmond will give the keynote address at RootsTech London at 11am on 26 October. Osmond was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1957, one of nine siblings. He shot to fame with his brothers as part of popular singing group The Osmonds before going on to have a successful solo career, and has recorded over 60 albums. On Twitter, Osmond said: “You know how important family is to me – that’s why I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking and performing at the RootsTech Conference in London this October!” In 2005, Osmond appeared in the…